How Do You Look?
Have you heard the phrase: ‘a marketable product is about packaging’? This information simply tells us that if we intend to get ahead in a market with similar products, we must pay particular attention to the way the product we want to market is packaged. As a result, some products do better than others not because they are better but because of their packaging. This principle unfortunately has crept into the Church. ‘It’s all about packaging!’ These are phrases that are bandied around in the Church. But is this scriptural? Yes, it works in the world set-up because the workings of the world are sensual based on the appeal to the senses; not so in the church as we are to walk by faith and not by sight. Unfortunately, one significant thing about the times we live in is the preoccupation of people with appearances. People are very concerned about the way they look, how they present themselves to the world and how they are received by the world. In these times very few grow inner fortitude for the challenges ahead of them. All that most think about is how they look for the now. Jesus said in Luke 16:15 that what is highly valued by people is detestable in the sight of God. The Bible equally states that we should redeem the times for the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-17). What does this mean? Is it for all for us to go to school, do great in business or get a good job, acquire the finer things of life, get married and raise a family? It is certainly more than that. All the years you have been working, what have you got to show for it? Apart from your family, wardrobe, great holiday destinations and expensive collectibles, what else? The ones that don’t have jobs, the little they get is on how to boost or ‘package’ their appearances. At the end, this generation wastes a lot of energy in gathering vain frivolities to waste upon an appetite that cannot be satisfied! Have you thought about your spiritual looks? Do you look good spiritually? How much have you invested in your spiritual growth or you are still feeding on the regurgitated food of your pastors, mentors and spiritual parents? If that is the case, boy, you are not looking good at all, in fact you are ‘kwashiorkored’! God, in the Scriptures warned us to learn from the ant but these days it looks like the ant is wiser than so many. How much have you stored towards eternity. Friend, no matter what technology is saying, THERE IS ETERNITY!!! And it does matter! Your spiritual look here is a pointer to where you are going to spend eternity. Friend, physical looks are transient, only one look lasts and matters, that is, your spiritual look. Spend time on your spiritual man and whether we like it or not, it is visible to the eye of the discerning. Enough of vain and garish looks; it is time to get down to that which really matters. Our spirit man must look good (as He is) so that when He comes for us, He will have no problem recognizing us. The grace to prepare for Him is released unto you in Jesus Christ name. God bless you.